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New Mexico is forecast to be unseasonably warm and dry this week, except for a brief midweek cooldown.
Dry and windy conditions Tuesday will create critical fire weather across the state, said Alyssa Clements, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque.
“Strong winds will continue, especially across the western half of the state and areas south of I-40, meaning we could see areas of blowing dust that may reduce visibility,” Clements said.
Albuquerque is expected to have a high of 71 degrees and a low of 32 Tuesday. Winds in the metro area could reach 30 mph.
A cool front Wednesday is expected to drop temperatures statewide by 10 to 15 degrees. Albuquerque is forecast to be sunny Wednesday, with a high of 59 degrees and a low of 36.
No precipitation is expected for most of the state.
“There may be just enough moisture to squeeze out light rain or snow for the far northern Sangre de Cristos or the Raton Pass area,” Clements said.
Temperatures are expected to rebound toward the end of the week. Albuquerque’s forecast highs are 68 degrees Thursday and 75 on Friday.
The weekend is expected to be be clear and sunny in central New Mexico, and Albuquerque could reach a high of 80 Sunday.
Theresa Davis is a Report for America corps member covering water and the environment for the Albuquerque Journal.